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  • Mets @ Marlins: 04/01 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WCBS, ESPN, WINZ


    Monday, 1st April
    7:10 PM ET
    Marlins Park









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  • #2

    Mets' Alonso Heads Home to Face Marlins

    MIAMI, FL -- Pete Alonso, the toast of New York City at the moment, is set to make a triumphant return to his home state of Florida on Monday night.

    Alonso, the power-hitting rookie first baseman for the New York Mets, is a Tampa native and will be just a four-hour car ride from home on Monday when he faces the host Miami Marlins.

    Alonso has been brilliant, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three doubles, three RBIs and a gaudy 1.321 OPS. He led the Mets to a series win over the Nationals in Washington this past weekend, even though Sunday left a bitter taste for New York, losing 6-5 on a walk-off homer by Trea Turner.

    Alonso, who led the minor leagues last season in homers (36) and RBIs (119) while showing patience at the plate (.395 on-base percentage), spent the past two winters studying the hitting mechanics of Paul Goldschmidt, who hit three homers for the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

    "I'm a big, strong guy," Alonso told Steve Serby of the New York Post when asked about his mentality at the plate. "Even if there are two strikes, I want to feel dangerous."

    The Marlins, who split their season-opening four-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies, had the worst record (63-98) in the National League last year and are not expected to contend in 2019.

    But anything is possible, at this stage at least, and the Marlins have shown a solid, young rotation. The only Marlins starting pitcher who has yet to make his 2019 debut is lefty Caleb Smith, who hasn't pitched in the majors since June 24 but is set to face the Mets on Monday.

    Smith, who required left shoulder surgery last year, was leading all National League rookies in strikeouts (88 in 77 1/3 innings) at the time he got hurt.

    His overall numbers weren't that impressive however -- 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA.

    Miami split Smith's two starts against the Mets last year, losing 8-6 on April 10 and winning 5-1 on May 22. Smith had a 3.09 ERA in those two starts, striking out 15 batters in 11 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three walks.

    With All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto no longer with the Marlins -- he was traded recently to the Philadelphia Phillies -- Smith will be throwing for the first time to Jorge Alfaro, assuming he starts.

    "We're trying to get the game plan and follow it," said Alfaro, who called the pitches Sunday in Miami's 3-0 win over Colorado.

    New York will counter with its own 27-year-old lefty in Steven Matz, who had a 7.47 ERA this spring. Those are exhibitions, of course, and the Mets prefer to point toward 2018, when Matz -- a native of New York -- had the healthiest season of his career. Making a career-high 30 starts, Matz had a solid 3.97 ERA even if his run support betrayed him (5-11 record).

    Matz struck out 8.9 batters per nine innings last season while allowing 7.8 hits. He allowed 28 steals last season -- second most in the majors -- but the Marlins have yet to swipe a base in four games this season, so that may not be an issue.

    In addition, Matz has won his past three starts in Miami. In fact, he had a 1.53 ERA in three starts against the Marlins last year.

    One batter -- besides Alonso -- to watch on Monday is Marlins outfielder Curtis Granderson, who slugged 76 homers in three years for the Mets (2014-2016).

    Now declining at age 38, Granderson hit just 13 homers last year while splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays. But he homered in his first game for the Marlins this past weekend.

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    • #3
      • The Mets won 12 of their 17 games against the Marlins last season. That matches the most wins the Mets have had against the Marlins in a single season (2001, 2012 and 2016).
      • The Mets took two of three games from the Nationals in Washington, D.C. in their season-opening series. The last two times the Mets beat the Nationals in the first series of the season, they went on to win the division (2006 and 2015).
      • The Marlins split a four-game series with the Rockies in Miami after dropping the first two games of the series. Miami had 16 hits in the third game of the series and 11 hits total in the other three games.
      • Stephen Matz will be making his first start of the season. He was 5-11 with a 3.97 ERA in a career-high 154.0 innings pitched last season. Matz is 3-0 in with a 0.88 ERA in his last five starts against the Marlins.
      • Caleb Smith was limited to half a season in 2018 due to injury. At the time of his injury he had compiled a 4.19 ERA. However, his ERA in seven home starts was 3.13 and his ERA in nine away starts was 5.18.
      • JT Riddle has two hits this season and both of them are home runs. The last Marlin to start a season with a home run as each of his first two hits was Brad Penny in 2003. The last Marlin position player to do so was Derrek Lee in 2002.

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      • #4


        METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have started the season 2-1 for the second straight year...Tonight the team starts their second road series of the year...Following the series, the Mets head to New York for a five-game, six-day homestand against Washington and Minnesota.

        MATZ THE FISHERMAN: Matz has never lost at Marlins Park, going 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA (two earned runs/23.2 innings) with seven walks and 22 strikeouts in four career starts...Made one start there last year, earning the win on July 1, allowing an unearned run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings...Overall is 3-2 with a 2.82 ERA (14 earned runs/44.2 innings) with 13 walks and 41 strikeouts in eight career starts against the Fish, including 1-0 with a 1.53 ERA (three earned runs/17.2 innings) with five walks and 18 strikeouts in three starts last year.

        RISPY BUSINESS: The Mets are batting .400 (12-30) with four doubles, a triple, a walk and 14 RBI with runners in scoring position this year...That ties them with the Orioles and Dodgers for the major league lead in batting average.

        STRIKEOUTS: Mets pitchers have struck out double-digits in each of the their first three games (at Washington) of the season for the first time in team history...New York has struck out 36 this season.

        NO FREE PASSES: Mets pitchers have allowed only five walks this season, which is tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the fewest in the NL...Only the Houston Astros with three have issued fewer free passes...Mets starters have allowed only two walks, tied with the Yankees for the fewest in the major leagues.

        PETE ALONSO: Collected his first major league RBI on Saturday with his second-inning RBI double...Was also his first extra-base hit...Is batting .500 (6-12) with a run, three doubles, three RBI and two walks in three games...Alonso led all minor leaguers in homers (36) and RBI (119) last year.

        JEFF McNEIL: Tied his career-high with four hits on Saturday...His last four-hit game came on September 23, 2018 at Washington...McNeil has four four-hit games in his first 65 major league games...Since 1908, he is one of 13 players to have four games with four or more hits within his first 65 major league games.

        FROM ELIAS: Michael Conforto who turned 26 years old on March 1, had 76 career home runs entering this season...The only players in team history with more home runs before turning 26 were Darryl Strawberry (147) and David Wright (130).

        FROM ELIAS II: Edwin Díaz, who turned 25 years old on March 22, had 109 saves in the major leagues entering this season, the second most before a player’s 25th birthday, behind Roberto Osuna (116).

        MORE DÍAZ: Recorded saves in each of the Mets first two games of the year...He became the fourth reliever in franchise history to pick up saves in each of the first two games of the year, joining Frank Fransisco (2012), Francisco Rodriguez (2009) and Jesse Orosco (1987)....Fransisco is the only reliever in team history to save each of the team's first three games of a season...Díaz has converted 12 straight save opportunities dating to August 20, 2018...He was the 2018 AL Reliever of the Year after registering 57 saves.

        LET'S GO FISHING: The Mets ended the 2018 season with back-to-back shut out wins against the Marlins...The Mets not allowed a run to the Marlins in their last 24.0 innings, dating back to the seventh inning on September 28, 2018...New York has taken five of their last six games against the Fish...The Mets have won three of their last four games at Marlins Park.

        ON THE ROAD: Dating back to September 1, 2018, the Mets are 11-7 on the road...Last year, New York finished the year 40-41 on the road...The Mets ranked sixth in the majors with 402 runs on the road in 2018...New York was second in the majors with a .331 OBP away from Citi Field.

        UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS: The Mets play their first night game of the season tonight...The team went 51-58 in night games last season.

        BUFFALO SOLDIER: Wilson Ramos is batting .444 (4-9) with three runs, a double, three RBI and a walk in his first three games...He has hit seven home runs in his career against the Marlins, the highest total for any current active Met...Is 19-for-his-last-34 (.559) with RISP dating to June 30, 2018, the highest average in those situations in the majors in that span (min. 30 PA with RISP)...His .605 OBP with RISP in that span also leads the majors...Overall last season, ranked second in the majors with a .402 average (39-97) with runners in scoring position (min. 110 PA)...Only Houston's Yuli Gurriel (.403) had a higher average with RISP.

        TOP THREE: The Mets are hitting .291 as a team over the first three games of the year, ranking third in the majors.

        RUSTY STAUB: Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub who passed away on March 29 last year was born on April 1, 1944... A six-time All-Star, Staub had 2,716 hits and 292 homers during his 23-year career...Today would have been his 75th birthday.

        ROBINSON CANÓ: Became the 10th player to hit a home run in his first at-bat with the Mets when he went deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning on Thursday...The last to do so was Mike Jacobs on August 21, 2005 (first ML at-bat)...Canó became the fourth Mets second baseman to hit a homer on Opening Day, joining Kazuo Matsui (2005), Jeff Kent (1994) and Charlie Neal (1962).

        50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1969 METS: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Miracle Mets...The 1969 Mets captured the hearts of baseball fans across the world when they beat the Braves in the NLCS and then topped the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles in five games in the World Series...The Mets will celebrate their historic achievement all season long...The highlight of the year will be a weekend celebration, June 28-30 vs. Atlanta when members of the team will return to Queens.
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        • #5

          Top of 1:
          Mets first. Rosario struck out. Alonso struck out. Canó struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Marlins first. Rojas struck out, safe on Ramos' passed ball. Herrera lined out to shortstop Rosario. Anderson flied out to center fielder Lagares. Castro homered to left on a 2-2 count, Rojas scored. Brinson flied out to right fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 1

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Davis flied out to center fielder Brinson. Conforto singled to left. Ramos singled to center, Conforto to second. McNeil doubled to right, Conforto scored, Ramos to third. Lagares struck out. Matz struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 2:
          Marlins second. Prado grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Alfaro singled to center. O'Brien grounded into a double play, third baseman Davis to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Alfaro out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Rosario struck out. Alonso flied out to center fielder Brinson. Canó was out bunting, catcher Alfaro to first baseman Prado.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 3:
          Marlins third. Smith struck out. Rojas grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Herrera grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Davis doubled to right. Conforto struck out. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Rojas to first baseman Prado, Davis to third. On Smith's wild pitch, Davis scored. McNeil walked. Lagares popped out to shortstop Rojas.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 4:
          Marlins fourth. Anderson lined out to left fielder McNeil. Castro lined out to right fielder Conforto. Brinson popped out to second baseman Canó.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. Matz flied out to center fielder Brinson. Rosario flied out to left fielder Herrera. Alonso struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Marlins fifth. Prado remained at bat on foul pop fielding error by left fielder McNeil. Prado singled to center. Alfaro flied out to center fielder Lagares. O'Brien struck out. Walker pinch-hitting for Smith. Walker popped out to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Anderson pitching. Canó struck out, catcher Alfaro to first baseman Prado. Davis struck out, catcher Alfaro to first baseman Prado. Conforto singled to right. Ramos singled to right, Conforto to third. McNeil struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 6:
          Marlins sixth. Rojas singled to right. Herrera grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Davis to second baseman Canó, Rojas out. Anderson singled to center, Herrera to third. On center fielder Lagares' throwing error, Anderson to second. Castro singled to left, Herrera scored, Anderson to third. Peterson pitching. Nimmo in as left fielder. Brinson grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Castro out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 3

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. Kinley pitching. Lagares homered to right on a 2-0 count. Nimmo struck out. Rosario struck out. Alonso popped out to first baseman Prado.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 7:
          Marlins seventh. Prado popped out to second baseman Canó. Alfaro singled to right. O'Brien grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Davis to second baseman Canó, Alfaro out. Granderson pinch-hitting for Kinley. Granderson popped out to left fielder Nimmo.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. Conley pitching. Canó struck out. Davis walked on a full count. Conforto was hit by a pitch, Davis to second. Ramos grounded into a double play, pitcher Conley to second baseman Castro to first baseman Prado, Conforto out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Marlins eighth. Familia pitching. Rojas grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Herrera flied out to right fielder Conforto. Anderson struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. Steckenrider pitching. Smith pinch-hitting for Familia. Smith singled to center. Lagares was hit by a pitch, Smith to second. Nimmo struck out. Rosario singled to right, Smith scored, Lagares to third. Alonso homered to center on the first pitch, Lagares scored, Rosario scored. Canó struck out. Davis grounded out, first baseman Prado unassisted.
          Runs: 4, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 9:
          Marlins ninth. Díaz pitching. Smith in as first baseman. Broxton in as left fielder. Castro walked on a full count. Brinson singled to left, Castro to second. Prado singled to right, Castro to third, Brinson to second. Alfaro struck out. O'Brien struck out. Riddle pinch-hitting for Steckenrider. Riddle struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

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          • #6

            Alonso Hits 1st Career HR to Help Mets Beat Marlins 7-3

            by STEVEN WINE

            MIAMI, FL -- The New York Mets poured it on.

            Pete Alonso, their 230-pound rookie slugger, squeezed into a clubhouse cart as ordered by teammates for a postgame dousing that included every available substance.

            "A couple of eggs," Alonso said. "Barbecue sauce. Mayonnaise. Beer. Shaving cream. Maybe ketchup and mustard. Maybe relish."

            He didn't mind because the shower was celebratory - a reward for his major league homer. Alonso's three-run shot capped a four-run ninth inning, and the Mets overcame 16 strikeouts by their hitters to rally past the Miami Marlins 7-3 Monday night.

            Manager Mickey Callaway smiled watching Alonzo get the treatment for his first homer.

            "We knew that was going to come at some point," Callaway said. "It's still a special occasion for a young player."

            While the Mets were giddy about a 3-1 start, Marlins manager Don Mattingly stewed about several calls. He was especially upset that plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled Juan Lagares was hit by a two-strike pitch trying to bunt, which sparked the Mets' ninth-inning rally.

            Holbrook said Lagares didn't offer at the pitch, and the ruling was upheld by a replay review.

            "That was a shaky call," Mattingly said. "Sam said he was trying to get out of the way. But he never pulled the bat back in any way, shape or form."

            Said Callaway: "I saw a guy trying to get out of the way of a fastball that was going to hit him in the face."

            Mattingly also complained that Holbrook missed two pitches by the Marlins that should have been strike three, calls that led to a Mets run.

            "I'm not supposed to complain about calls, but the league needs to look at it," Mattingly said. "I don't understand a lot of it tonight. I understand the Marlins are not supposed to be good this year; I guess it's OK to pile on.

            "It's got to be better than that."

            With the score 3-all, Mets pinch-hitter Dominic Smith singled to start the ninth. Drew Steckenrider (0-1) then came inside on Lagares as he squared to bunt, hitting him on the right hand.

            Amed Rosario's single put the Mets ahead, and on the next pitch, Alonso homered to center field.

            Alonso led the minors last year with 36 homers and 119 RBIs. This year he's batting .412 with six RBIs in four games, and Callaway has enjoyed watching outfielders react to his line drives.

            "They all kind of just stand there like, `What's it going to do?'" Callaway said. "The next thing you know, it's over everybody's head. It's really incredible. There's just true raw power there."

            Alonso said the postgame shower caught him by surprise.

            "I didn't know that was a thing until they told me to hop in the shopping cart and just poured whatever they could on me," he said with a grin. "My eyes were stinging like really bad. I kept my mouth closed the entire time."

            Was it worth it?

            "One hundred percent," he said.

            Lagares hit his first homer since Sept. 7, 2017. He missed most of last season due to a toe injury.

            Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer for Miami, his first, and added an RBI single.

            GOOD PITCHING

            Mets starter Steven Matz allowed three runs, one earned, in 5 1/3 innings. Three relievers blanked Miami over the final 3 2/3 innings, and Jeurys Familia (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth.

            The Marlins loaded the bases with none out in the ninth against closer Edwin Diaz, who struck out the next three batters.

            BACK ON THE MOUND

            Miami's Caleb Smith, making his first start since June 24, allowed two runs and struck out eight in five innings. His 2018 season was cut short by a strained left lat that required surgery.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Lagares appeared to avoid a significant injury when hit, and stayed in the game.

            "It sounds like he's going to be OK," Callaway said.

            Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes, sidelined until at least mid-July following surgery on both heels, was in the clubhouse before the game and was expected to take swings in the batting cage during the series.

            UP NEXT

            Miami RHP Jose Urena (0-1, 9.64), who had a rough outing in an opening day loss to the Rockies, makes his second start of the season Tuesday against LHP Jason Vargas (7-9, 5.77 in 2018).

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